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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Mr.Ken Edward" <"moneytransfer.">
Reply-To: "Mr.Ken Edward" <>
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2017 00:12:42 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Welcome to Money Gram agent

This email is to all the people that have been scammed in any part of world, the United Nation have agreed to compensate them

with the sum of US$2.5m (Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) This includes all foreign contractors

that may have not received their contract and sum people that have had an unfinished transaction or international business that

failed due to scammed victim.

This is to inform you that your $2.5M USD will be send to you via Money Gram transfer. The total amount mentioned above is

with Money Gram, Note you will be receiving $6,000.00 every day until your total money have been completely transfer to you.

Call Mr.KEN JOE : Tel: +229-6796-74 56 now and ask him to give you reference number and every other information you need

to pick up your $6,000 today. Here is what he may require from you.

Your Receiver Name.
Your Country.....
text Question.....

Feel free to contact Money Gram transfer with this information bellow Email ( You are

advised to contact Mr.Ken Edward : of Money Gram transfer Benin Republic as he is our representative in Benin Republic,

contact him immediately for your compensation payment of $2.5m he will send it to you immediately.

We have concluded our effect to your payment through Money Gram transfer $6000.00 daily until the ($2.5m) is completely

transferred. So you advice to contact our Agent office in Benin with bellow information..

Money Gram Agent; Mr.Ken Edward
Email;( )
Tel: +229-6796-74 56

Best Regards
Mr Christ Ben

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